Luxury 1600s Historic Mill Home waterfall, Prime Downtown location / Grist Mill

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"My sister visited from Europe and We stayed at this truly incredible home for a June vacation. All of us were in awe when we arrived and started exploring. The 1684 house seemed compact from the outside, but as we went through the hallways and stairs we discovered room after room after room, and we found that we had to go through the house again to take it all in. The house has been meticulously maintained and restored, with antiques and period furnishings throughout. Each room is an absolute pleasure, not only for the incredible 17th century woodwork, but also for the furnishings, which all have beautiful natural textures, warm neutral hues, and deep rich antique bronzes. We made our way out the back door and were in awe anew when we saw the yard and garden. The house sits atop a small river valley, and you are surrounded by lush greenery and the sound of the rushing water below. The yard is terraced, and the top terrace has a covered brick patio with dining seating. Down some stone stairs is the next level, with Adirondack chairs and a firepit. Down the next set of stone steps Is a gate and behind that gate is a surprise deck /boardwalk/bridge for walking under the trees to the old well and lily pond down to the mill stream with the Plymouth Grist Mill on the opposite bank. The beautiful towerubg foliage, colorful flowers, birdsong, and rushing water make the backyard a wonderfully tranquil and restful sanctuary. This is not just a place to stay. It's a place to experience. You get to enjoy a 17th century home with hidden modern luxuries. The Sub zero refrigerators, television, and wifi router are hidden behind cabinets. The beautiful quilts on the beds have a fluffy down comforter underneath. The kitchen is better equipped than any home we've rented through VRBO throughout the years. Other highlights: - Proximity to everything we cared about: lovely beaches, historical sites (there is a gorgeous tree-lined path in Brewster Gardens Park along the river that you can take from the grist mill to Plymouth Rock), and its only an 18 minute drive to Cape Cod, and an hour drive to Boston. Sitting areas on both the 1st floor and 2nd floor - A layout that thrilled the kids - 'I found a hidden staircase!' - A thoroughly clean house, gleaming tile showers - A wonderful property contact We absolutely loved it!'……Christa M.
 

MAIN LEVEL:

-Sitting/Keeping Room, working fireplace

-Tudor Bedroom (Queen)

-Napping Room (single bed )

-Bathroom w ancient tree beams, king posts

-Additional full (shower) bathroom,

-Eat in kitchen w 2 antique-paneled Sub Zero refrigerators

-Covered stone and brick patio, gardens and streams and massive stone walls to boardwalk and waterfall.

UPPER LEVEL:

-Quincy Bedroom (Queen)

-Waterfall Bedroom (Full)

-1870s Bedrom (2 single beds)

-Upstairs living room with TV/dvd and sleeping sofa (single) + wing chairs, games, movies

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LUXURY in a 330 year old house? Step back in time (with with Sub Zero refrigerators and exquisite bathrooms.) Here is a home of history, character, and style from our country's earliest beginnings, a home belonging to our first settlers, with hand hewn beams, hand-cut planks, 330+ year old joists made of trunks. Its king posts cut were from forests growing in the Middle Ages. (In America, that might be called 'pre-historic.') Experience the past, but with exquisite comfort in this charming house built in 1684 as a mill stream cottage and counting house. Authentic, lovingly-preserved rooms, tasteful New England decor where you can play Pilgrim but grab a drink from the Sub Zero while lounging beside the waterfall. And where else can you walk from your front door to a whale watch boat, museums, boutiques, restaurants, antique stores, or explore the Grist Mill to grind some corn for your breakfast muffins..OR spend the day at the ocean beach (we can provide beach privileges.) Downtown Plymouth is a rich destination for an exciting selection of food..fresh seafood, gourmet Italian, lobster in the rough, homespun cafes, taverns, coffee shops, and sports bars.

If you've ever toured a 'First Period' house-museum and thought, 'It would be incredible to be able to stay here,' (but can't) we now offer this antique mill-house residence, one of the first dwellings in America. Part of the house was the counting house for measuring out corn to be ground in the grist mill that bestrides Town Brook. Peek into the storage under the stairs to see wallpaper layers (mostly from 1800 and beyond.) Lovers of early framing will respond to the king posts, summer beams, floor boards 24' wide, cut from the biggest King's Grant trees, 4 colonial fireplaces. And especially restorative is the view overlooking the mill, gardens, springs and rushing stream and waterfall.

In this incredible Antique Mill-Stream Cottage, you'll find comfortable beds, fireside wing chairs, leather topped writing desk, hand loomed coverlets, smooth sheets, down blankets and fluffy towels. The house retains a picturesque antique look with electrified oil lamps, handmade carpets, wavy window glass. Don't worry, the kitchen offers you quality appliances and TWO Sub Zero refrigerators, thoughtfully hidden behind (where is the refrigerator?) panels. Bathrooms and powder room are fresh and stylish, newly renovated but full of charm (hard to fathom what a 1684 bathroom would be like.) Our favorite is the powder room under the stairs where you'll be surrounded by the coolest of bathroom amenities, but underneath the 330 year old beams-and-posts part of the house and tree-trunk beams overhead. The Keeping Room has an impressive paneled fireplace and the master bedroom features majestic hand-planed raised panels from the 1720s. (With respect to the historic nature of the house, we ask that no fires burn in the fireplaces, however.)

Just outside your kitchen doors, step out to a brick barbecue patio that sits on the main massive stone wall, with awning overhead. Then down stone steps to the stone-walled terrace play yard, along the private winding boardwalk path to the soothing rush and roar of the Mill Stream waterfall (in May, alewife run the stream to the ponds above). Sitting by the waterfall, you will want to jot some notes in your diary, enjoy back-in-time book like 'Mayflower' or 'Moby Dick' while sipping your tea or heartier beverage and watching songbirds dart overhead beside the rushing brook below your feet. Our standards for your comfort are the highest, and we provide you with quality bedding, linens, towels, soaps and necessaries, a well stocked kitchen with hand-thrown pottery dishes, ample flatware and quality glassware, kitchen linens, quality appliances, abundant spices, condiments and baking needs, everything you will need for an unforgettable stay.


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Sleeping Arrangements

  • Tudor Bedroom 1 Queen

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  • Reading Room Bedroom 1 Single

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  • Quincy Bedroom 1 Queen

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  • Mill Stream Bedroom 1 Double

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  • Nathaniel Church bedroom 2 Single

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  • Upstairs living room/day bed 1 Sofa Bed

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Bathroom Arrangements

  • Courtyard BathroomFull

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  • Yesteryear Powder RoomHalf

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  • Upstairs Full bathFull

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Amazing time and amazing place

My family and I stayed here prior to my sister's wedding in Plymouth. We were bowled over by the Mill House. It was so full of character. Each room is like it's own snapshot of history. The gardens are amazing as well leading down to the river at the back of the house. Even though the house is amazingly well preserved and maintained it is still really comfortable and had plenty of room for our party of nine.The location is ideal. Summer Street is right in the middle of downtown Plymouth and 5 minutes from the freeway. I couldn't recommend this house highly enough. Staying here is an experience in itself!!!



Visited on "August - 2017

It doesn't get much better than this

What can I say? What an awesome experience! I love historical homes and they have done an outstanding job rehabbing a 1648 home. They figured out a way to keep all the history while updating the kitchen and bathrooms so you had all the comforts of home. Charm does not begin to describe thIs place. We just loved all the nooks and crannies and all the different levels in the home. You can't help but be impressed with the historical significance of where you are living. And oh the stories those beams and those old wooden floors could tell!! Interestingly enough we really didn't do very much touristy things in Plymouth during our stay. This home was actually a tourist destination all by itself. And having the historic Grist Mill right next door and the river running through the backyard was a big plus for me If you haven't figured it out already we just loved the place. But don't go unless you love history. If you do love history this simply should not be missed.



Visited on "August - 2016

Awesome historic home

I stayed for four days at this exquisitely restored home and would have liked to stay for four weeks! It has all the modern conveniences but feels like what the original home must have felt like. It looks out on the old grist mill and has a lovely sloping garden down to a small deck with deck chairs on the mill stream. You can walk along a lovely path next to the mill stream out to Plymouth Rock and Plymouth harbor and the Mayflower replica in ten minutes. And you can walk to the main part of town in five! Great restaurants and quaint shops in close walking distance, lots of history. Whale watching and fishing, Plymouth plantation a short drive. So the location couldn't be more convenient. But you can also feel very cocooned in the house and back garden. And enjoy all the media you might want...or not! I can't wait to return. For me, it was the best of all vacation possibilities.



Visited on "June - 2016

Long overdue review! Excellent!

We actually stayed here a year ago during Thanksgiving week. It was wonderful! So wonderful, that our children reminisced about the trip this Thanksgiving! It was a convenient walk downtown to the rock and the Mayflower and we loved being next door to the Grist Mill. The inside was very homey and cozy. Loved being part of historic Plymouth. * The date of arrival is actually off a week. We arrived the 21st of Nov. in 2014.



Visited on "November - 2014

We'll be back!!!

Our small group of 4 constant traveling companions have had the good fortune of staying in some beautiful rental homes all over the world, but this home and surroundings was rated by all of us as being one of the best. We chose this home above other available options for the chance to stay in a 330 yr old fully restored home in historical Plymouth and were so glad we did and so will you. Beyond everything else that has already been written describing the home the location to EVERYTHING was the best. We walked and never drove to everywhere in town including both Marinas for our day of chartered fishing. Our only mistake and regret is that we didn't stay long enough. We'll be back!!!



Visited on "October - 2015

Best Rental in Plymouth

I will try my best to craft this review so that you can have an accurate description without sounding like I am a friend of the owner, whom I have never met. This charming, lovingly restored 1600's home is without a doubt the best accommodations you will find in Plymouth. One of our guests described it as "absolutely magical" and wished that she could stay forever. The furnishings and decor were just perfect. This home provides all the charm and history of the past combined with the very best modern conveniences - all top shelf. The location is perfect as you can walk to everything. The terraced landscape down to the beautiful waterfall is a scene worthy of a postcard. I cannot say enough about this property. It is clearly the best VBRO property that we have ever rented and we all look forward to going back again soon. The house comfortable sleeps ten and was a perfect fit for our group. A bonus for families is that there is a family room on the second floor.



Visited on "June - 2015

Fantastic rare historic home

My sister visited from Europe and our two families stayed at this truly incredible home for a June vacation. All of us were in awe when we arrived and started exploring. The 1684 house seemed compact from the outside, but as we went through the hallways and stairs and discovered room after room after room, we found that we had to go through the house again to take it all in. The house has been meticulously maintained and restored, with antiques and period furnishings throughout. Each room is an absolute pleasure to take in, not only for the incredible 17th century woodwork, but also for the furnishings, which all have beautiful natural textures, warm neutral hues, and deep rich antique bronzes. We made our way out the back door and were in awe anew when we saw the yard and garden. The house sits atop a small river valley, and you are surrounded by lush greenery and the sound of the rushing water below. The yard is terraced, and the top terrace has a covered patio. The brick patio has dining seating as well as Adirondack chairs. Down some stone stairs is the next level, with wood chairs and a firepit. Down the next set of stairs is a gated fence (nice safety feature). Behind that gate was a surprise circular deck (like a large "O") which allowed you to walk along in the dappled light under the trees to the old well and stream (now a lily pond) and down to the mill stream with the Plymouth Grist Mill on the opposite bank. The beautiful towering foliage, colorful flowers, birdsong, and rushing water make the backyard a wonderfully tranquil and restful sanctuary. This is not just a place to stay. It's a place to experience. You get to enjoy a 17th century home with hidden modern luxuries. The Sub zero refrigerators, television, and wifi router are hidden behind cabinets. The beautiful quilt on the bed has a fluffy down comforter underneath. The kitchen is better equipped than any home we've rented through VRBO throughout the years. Other highlights: - Proximity to everything we cared about: lovely beaches, historical sites (there is a gorgeous tree-lined path along the river that you can take from the grist mill to Plymouth Rock), an 18 minute drive to Cape Cod, and an hour drive to Boston. - Variety of bedrooms and bed sizes - Sitting areas on both the 1st floor and 2nd floor - A layout that thrilled the kids - "I found a hidden staircase!" - A thoroughly clean house, gleaming tile showers - A wonderful property contact We absolutely loved it!



Visited on "May - 2014

History, Quality, Comfort and Convenience

What a lovely place for us to stay on our visit from England! It has history, dating back to the times of the early settlers in the 17th century, beautiful, tasteful furniture and decorations, much of it antique, equipment of the highest standard, cosy comfortable beds, an interesting, peaceful garden where you can relax listening to the mill stream, and a location that makes for a short stroll to the Mayflower, the waterfront or the shops and restaurants of Plymouth. Robin has combined modern facilities of the highest standard with retaining the feel and look of a centuries old property. It has so many rooms, corridors, and staircases that it takes some time to even discover it all. The photos on the website show just how it looks. We loved everything about it and would highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates quality, comfort and convenience. Many thanks Robin



Visited on "October - 2013

You HAVE to see this

Where do I even begin....I wish there were more stars available to give this rental! The description of this house caught my attention, but by the time I got down to the photos, I was hooked. If possible, it is even better in person. Everything was EXACTLY as pictured, but walking in the door awoke every one of my senses...the cozy feel, the woodsy aroma, the attention to detail!The thrill of knowing I was standing in a house over 300 yrs old! We had an adventure exploring the house. Robin, you managed to take us back in time, while providing us with every modern convenience. Anything we needed was not only available, but plentiful. We definitely felt right at home! From a super stocked kitchen to the softest sheets and quilts. We almost didn't want to leave the house! The upstairs sitting room hosted our family movie nights (thanks for the DVD player!). But my favorite part was the pilgrim staircase...loved the wooden handrail! Overlooking the multi-tiered backyard was a wonderful way to start the day. The beautiful flowers, and garden, and listening to the peaceful sounds of the grist mill waterfall...simply divine! I loved watching the butterflies...and the adorable hummingbird who frequented every morning. And if the conveniences of the house were not enough, we were able to walk to so many attractions and sites. We loved climbing aboard the Mayflower II, getting a look at Plymouth Rock, catching a whale watching cruise, visiting museums, walking down one of the oldest streets in the country, and even going on a ghost tour! The shops on Main Street were great too! From antiques to books, and even a very delicious bakery. My favorite place to shop was the village marketplace. I can't forget to mention that the house is smack in the middle of the Jenney house museum, which offers incredible walking tours, and the sparrow house, which has a quaint little gift shop....lots of treasures inside! Oh, and the Jenney grist mill is in the backyard....go on the tour....you'll be amazed at how big (and old) the stones are that grind the corn....I bought a few bags of cornmeal home! So, what are you still doing sitting there reading this...call Robin...make a reservation...you will not be disappointed. She and John are so sweet and attentive to anything you may need. If you love history (heck, even if you don't), you will be amazed at all the the little things that truly make this house so special. We will definitely be back! Thanks so much Robin and John



Visited on "August - 2013

Outstanding Rental

I had a great time staying in this house. It was in a beautiful part of Plymouth, and within walking distance of shopping, restaurants and the ocean. The house itself was cozy and fun to explore, with so many rooms and closets leading to one another. There was plenty of space and the kitchen was easy to cook in. The subzero refrigerator had plenty of room to keep our food. The bedrooms were clean and comfortable. In the backyard there is a beautiful view of the river flowing from the Grist Mill, and even a deck to sit back and watch the water. It was absolutely beautiful. My family and I really enjoyed our stay and would go back again.” Once again Robin has outdone herself in furnishing her rental homes with beautiful antiques. She is a pure pleasure to work with.



Visited on "July - 2013

A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE

Dear Robin, Lived and born here until 2005 and never had been in this [Antique Mill Stream Cottage.] You have done a wonderful job with the restoration and decor. Very comfortable and cozy. Enjoyed the courtyard and watching all the ------ about. We did visit family, but enjoyed just being in the house and let them come to us. Thank you for this wonderful experience and hospitality." Beverly, Dean and Austin



Visited on "June - 2013

Kansas Crew

Our family of 6 (kids range in age from 2 to 16) came to Massachusetts to take in the rich history and your 1684 Mill Stream home was the perfect place to do that. Robin, you are obviously an artist! The house is so beautifully done! We are still in awe of the way you have provided every modern convenience while staying as true as possible to the history of the home. We spent the first night just exploring the house, gardens, and stream. It is everything you said it would be and more! The house is in the perfect location to take in all that Plymouth has to offer. We could walk to almost everything we wanted to do including many museums and historic buildings that offer tours, the centuries old "Burial Hill" cemetary, Plymouth Rock, whale watching tours. Ghost hunting (Jan and Bob at Dead of Night Ghost Tours are awesome!). We also took a really interesting walking tour about Commerce in the Colonies with Leo at the Jenney House Museum right next door. We bought corn meal ground at the Jenney Grist Mill and made our own Johnny Cakes. We really enjoyed walking around the waterfront area in the evening, taking in the fun atmosphere, too. Plimoth Plantation is well worth a visit and is just a short drive up the road. Also Boston was an easy day trip. As much fun as we had sight seeing, we enjoyed our family time spent together in your beautiful home just as much. We not only got to "visit" history, we got to stay in a piece of that history for a week. Thanks for everything! We would definitely come back again!



Visited on "May - 2013

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